Many brides think there are a set of rules they must follow for their wedding day. Well, not anymore. We still love the traditions but now you can switch it up and add your own touch to your special day.
You Must Wear White
Brides have been wearing white dresses for centuries. However, you don’t have to stick with an all white ensemble. You can add subtle pops of color, like a sash or shoes. If you’re a little bolder you can go for a champagne or pastel colored gown with a white lace overlay. Or, if you really want to stand out you can choose a completely different color – like blue or red or pink.
It’s Bad Luck to See the Bride
Back when arranged marriages were commonplace the bride and groom were not allowed to see each other at all before she walked down the aisle, it was considered bad luck. Now, brides are breaking the tradition. We all love to see the groom’s face when he spots his soon-to-be wife walking down the aisle for the first time but many couples are choosing to do a First Look instead. The couple, alone with the photographer, will find a separate and quiet space to see each other for a few minutes before the ceremony. The photographer will still catch this special moment and it will be shared just between the two of you.
Many brides are now switching up their ceremonies as well. The traditional Wagner’s “Bridal March” can be played by a band or musician to give it a more romantic feel. Some brides are ditching the “Bridal March” all together and choosing songs that remind her and her fiance of their love. Some brides are also spicing up the ceremony by incorporating a Wine Box instead of a Unity Candle. You and your groom write love letters to each other and put them in a box with a bottle of wine from your wedding (or drink of your choice), you then seal the box and determine a date in the future that you will open it, share a glass, and read the love notes.
Switch Up Your Bridal Party
If your bestfriend is a guy then he can definitely be the Man of Honor. Same goes for the groom, he can have a Best Women instead of a best man. This also applies to bridesmaids and groomsmen, they become bridesmen and groomswomen. Same goes for matching bridesmaids dresses. Most brides are opting for dresses in the same color family just different hues. Some brides also have different styles of dresses for each bridesmaid. If you want to try this modern twist but still keep it somewhat traditional you can select dresses with different necklines and sleeves. For example, one bridesmaid might have a strapless sweetheart neckline and another has cap sleeves.
The Infamous Bouquet and Garter Toss
This is still a popular and fun aspect of many weddings. However, we’re seeing a trend where brides steer clear of this tradition. Try one of these instead of a bouquet and garter toss.
- Bouquet and Boutonniere Station: each guest can show off their creative side by making their own bouquet and boutonniere
- Anniversary Dance: pull all of the couples out onto the dance floor. Then have the DJ or your wedding MC announce that if you’ve been married for less than an hour you must get off the dance floor. Then they’ll announce 1 year, 5 years, 10 years and so on until there is one couple remaining. That couple will receive either the bride’s bouquet or a bouquet made especially for the dance.
Whether it’s traditional, modern, or a little bit of both, make sure your wedding day is everything you’ve ever dreamed of.
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